The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry degree program is focused on Congregational Revitalization - The Pastor as Leader.
This D.Min. is unique with its emphasis on congregational revitalization and the leadership role of the pastor. It is both practical and theoretical: practical in that it is based in the local congregation and attempts to identify concrete leadership tools for the pastor; theoretical in that it is rooted in the classical theological disciplines of the church.
Each entering class becomes a cohort group that will remain together throughout the duration of the program. Two faculty members organize and provide the leadership for the three years of seminar work. Additional resource persons will be invited to share as appropriate. The three-year program consists of three two-week seminars and a doctoral project. Both pre- and post-class work are required for the seminars. Courses are held the second two weeks in May on the UDTS campus or at another site.
Students must maintain continuous registration in the D.Min. Program until completion of the degree. The maximum time allowed for completion of the program is five years.
The D.Min. program requires the completion of 36 credit hours for graduation: 27 credit hours of course work and nine credit hours for the doctoral project. Students complete the degree in three to five years. The maximum number of hours students may enroll in during a year is 12 credit hours. Only work receiving a grade of B or higher will count toward graduation requirements.